Grindhouse Fanfic vs Literary Endeavour
Wednesday, March 14, 2007

"Grindhouse: A catch-all term for films that played in cheap-jack movie theatres in the 70's - Hong Kong martial arts flicks, Japanese samurai movies [and] spaghetti westerns. Hall-marks are anti-social themes, sex, violence, [and] outrageous tag-lines."

Um. Guess I've found my genre, then. But if it's good enough for Tarantino and Rodriguez... See, I try and introduce a little culture. Themes from classical literature and the theatre, mythology and deep psychological insights.

And then I think 'F*ck this sh*t! Let's blow stuff up!' And, of course, there are the puns.

It worries me sometimes. Am I the only person who thinks like this? Who can look at a perfectly serious and inoffensive piece of literature, and find a way to pervert it dreadfully? Who sits in the cinema, sniggering and taking notes? Who listens to a bit of music and decides to steal the imagery?

Of course, if anyone is following my thought processes and getting all the jokes, well, you really need to get out more.


Wednesday, March 14, 2007 6:17 PM


WWSD? What Would Shakespeare Do?

Personally, I think a good story is a good story.

If violence/sex is warranted as part of the work, it enhances the story. However, violence/sex for the sake of violence/sex makes the whole thing a pile of poop. Doesn't mean people don't buy poop, it just is not art. Great entertainment is.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 1:07 PM


I gotta ditto Cybersnark's comments...if Shakespeare was alive, he would be fighting with Joss to make cliches and worn out ideas be new again via brilliant TV and movies that get messed with by stuidos. Who are the new govt. censors, dontcha know?


And hell, SpaceAnJL....I salute your efforts constantly to make the classics fun again by giving them some sex and ultra-violence;D


Wednesday, March 14, 2007 5:35 AM


I see you are currently channeling Jayne:)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 4:41 AM


As I'm fond of pointing out to stick-up-their-butt literati: if Shakespeare was alive today, he'd probably be busily at work on "Snakes on a Plane 2."

What we call "culture" is just the grindhouse hackery of previous generations. Hell, Beowulf was somebody's fanfic.


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